My name is Beverly - my intials are BYC - and I live in MO. I have been married to my "kinght in shining armour" for almost 17 yrs. We have 1 son, 12 years old. We have 2 English Bulldogs, Claire & Turbo. Right now we have no chickens. I've dreamed of having chickens for a LONG time. I decided after the 1st of the year that, come spring, I'd turn those dreams into reality. Well, in March we lost our home & belongings to a fire. We've had to rebuild and it's almost time to go home!! I've been a member on BYC since May. I've been a little busy with the house & all, so I haven't posted or been on much. Since we're almost ready to move back in, I thought I better start doing some research & such. I have decided on the perfect place for my girls. I have not decided if I should start with eggs, chicks, pullets or mature girls. Then I need to decide on which breed(s). I've been checking my local CL & have a few varieties to consider. I know that I need to start with "beginner friendly" girls!. I also need to choose a coop design. I've looked at so many......decisions, decisions, decisions! I'm w/i city limits, so I'm goin' small-scale. Any advice or suggestions are happily welcomed & greatly appreciated!! Thanks for taking the time to read my novel!!